Lebanon–Syria border reopened for only two days

BEIRUT – After more than two months of closure due to measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Lebanese Government announced on Tuesday that the border with Syria will by temporarily reopened at the Al-Masnaa and Al-Abboudieh border crossings on Tuesday and Thursday.

Lebanese media reported that the Directorate of Public Security in Lebanon announced the reopening of the border with Syria on Tuesday and Thursday to facilitate the return of Lebanese citizens who are in Syria and wish to travel home.

In March, the Ministry of Interior of Syria announced the closure of crossings with Lebanon as a precaution against the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The border was temporarily opened in May to allow approximately 100 Lebanese citizens to return to Lebanon. Hundreds more remained stranded inside Syrian territory.